Personal Theory Integrated Counseling Essay

3491 Words Mar 20th, 2011 14 Pages
Personal Integrated Theory
Kana Crumby
COUN 507-B01: Spring 2011
Liberty University
Kana Crumby
March 13, 2011

Abstract
It is important to develop a biblically based theory of Christian counseling that integrates psychology, spirituality, and theology. This model must be flexible enough to incorporate non-believers, while attempting to gently facilitate a personal relationship with God in both believers and non-believers alike. It is the author’s intent to develop an integrative theory by using techniques proved valid by science, in conjunction with theological truth. This integrated approach will take into account personality structure, motivation, development, and worldview to devise a plan of change for clients. This process
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Counselors can help clients make core changes by reshaping unhealthy behaviors. This primarily includes the thoughts and emotions of the heart and soul (Hawkins, 2006). One way that counselors can help clients overcome irrational thoughts and emotions is to use Crabb’s (1977) seven stages of counseling. Crabb (1977) says counselors should help clients identify problem feelings, behaviors, and thinking. Then, clients should commit themselves to change with biblical actions and thinking. Jay Adams (1986) rejects the claim that truth has to make one feel good about his or herself. Adams stands by the biblically based notion that: “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” It is necessary both as a Christian coming to faith, and as the broken one coming for healing, to know that change is needed because old behaviors were not working.

The body is also a part of the first concentric circle (Hawkins, 2006). Anderson (2000) says that environment plays a vital role in a person’s emotional wellbeing. Understanding the affects that poor physical health can have on mood and cognition is a key indicator of counselor proficiency. Emotional problems can have physical consequences (Hart, 1999). Chemical reactions, caused by anxiety, worry, and stress, can have a negative effect on brain functions. Dr. Hart (1999) says unhealthy stress and a fast paced environment are the root cause of anxiety and have very

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